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Eric Peterson, Published January 14 2010

KVLY to broadcast games on digital side channel

The digital spectrum has created more space for local sporting events to be televised.

Concordia will get the first crack. The Cobbers will have their men’s and women’s basketball games on Saturday televised on a KVLY digital side channel, found on 11.2 on over-the-air tuners.

“Concordia is an early adapter with us,” said Charley Johnson, general manager for KVLY/KXJB. “We’re looking for places that can produce their own sporting events and then we’ll put them on the air.”

Concordia plays host to St. Mary’s on Saturday in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

The women’s game is set for 1 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. The men’s game follows at 3 p.m.

Concordia student Nate Rowan will handle play-by-play for both games.

Former Concordia women’s basketball coach Mark Askerooth will handle color commentary for the women’s game. Former Moorhead Spuds boys basketball coach Chuck Gulsvig will provide color commentary for the men’s game.

“We know they have a good student-run television operation,” Johnson said. “We know they can do it.”

The This TV network (Channel 11.2) can also be found on Midcontinent on Channel 166. Sjoberg’s Cable, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., also carries the station on Channel 511.

The games can also be seen on CSi Cable in Lisbon, N.D., and Valley City, N.D., on Channel 12. Johnson said the station will soon be on Cable One, too.

“It may be on some of the other cable systems,” said Johnson. “Those are just the ones I know about right now.”

Johnson said This TV launched on 11.2 last week with MGM programming as its anchor. Johnson said the Cobbers’ Jan. 30 men’s and women’s basketball games will also be televised on the station.

“The MGM people who we made our deal with are very flexible when it comes to local sports,” Johnson said. “So we can do quite a bit of local sports on there.

“You’ll be hearing a lot more of sports. I’m working with a number of different entities to do sports on there.”

Johnson said the North Dakota state tournaments KVLY televises will remain on the main channel.

This TV will primarily televise regular-season games. Johnson said the new channel will also give KVLY a chance to pick up North Dakota State games in The Summit League when those games are available via satellite.

KVLY already does a handful of Bison games on its main channel.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.